Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is leading former President Donald Trump in multiple new 2024 Republican primary polls, Politico reports.
Fifty-two percent of likely Republican primary voters prefer DeSantis as the party’s nominee compared to just 38% who favor Trump, according to a Wall Street Journal poll.
The poll found that 86% of likely GOP primary voters have a favorable opinion of DeSantis compared to 74% for Trump. Trump’s approval has fallen by more than 10 points since March.
One in 10 likely Republican primary voters said they don’t know enough about DeSantis yet to form an opinion.
Among all registered voters, DeSantis has a favorable rating of 43% compared to 36% for the former president.
“It is going to be a competitive primary,” Trump pollster Tony Fabrizio told the Journal. “The two favorites right now would be Trump and DeSantis.”
Another poll conducted by USA Today and Suffolk University found DeSantis leading Trump by 23 points, 56-33.
The poll found that only 31% of Republican voters want Trump to run while 61% prefer a different nominee.
The poll similarly found Trump’s favorability falling from 75% in October to 64% this month.
"Republicans and conservative independents increasingly want Trumpism without Trump," David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center, told USA Today.
Yet another poll:
A CNN poll conducted by SSRS found that about 62% of Republican-leaning voters don’t want Trump as the nominee.
Just 38% said they want Trump as the nominee, down from 50% in January and 44% in July.
Trump’s support among GOP voters over 65 fell from 55% in January to 37% in December.